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  • U. of I. team is top U.S. finisher in Solar Decathlon competition

    The moon shines over the Gable House, the University of Illinois team's entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Illinois team won second-place honors in the competition.

    The moon shines over the Gable House, the University of Illinois team's entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Illinois team won second-place honors in the competition.

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      The moon shines over the Gable House, the University of Illinois team's entry in the 2009 Solar Decathlon, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Illinois team won second-place honors in the competition.

      Photo by Charlie Simokaitis Charlie Simokaitis Photography

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      The U. of I.'s Gable House was designed with conservation of energy, cost and comfort in mind. According to its designers, the home would be a perfect fit for a young couple starting out, or for retirees.

      Photo by U.S. Department of Energy

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      Students from across the United States and Europe participated in the 2009 Solar Decathlon competition on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The homes will be on public view through Oct. 18.

      Photo by U.S. Department of Energy

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      In place on the National Mall in the nation's capital, the Illinois entry generates power from its large array of rooftop solar panels.

      Photo by U.S. Department of Energy

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